This author has been on my must-read radar for some time, but being a mood reader, I had to wait for the right moment to dive in. That moment was yesterday, the book was The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson. And from the moment I read page one, I was hooked and devoured the book within the day. Which is so rare for me, so that alone will give you a feel for how addictive a read this is.The Darkness (Hidden Iceland #1) by Ragnar Jónasson, Victoria Cribb
Published by Michael Joseph on March 15, 2018
Genres: Police Procedural, Suspense, Thriller
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Before Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavik Police is forced into early retirement she is told to investigate a cold case of her choice, and she knows just the one.
A young woman found dead on remote seaweed-covered rocks. A woman who was looking for asylum and found only a watery grave. Her death ruled a suicide after a cursory investigation. But Hulda soon realizes that there was something far darker to this case. This was not the only young woman to disappear around that time. And no one is telling the whole story.
When her own force tries to put the brakes on the investigation Hulda has just days to discover the truth. Even if it means risking her own life...
First Line of The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson
“How did you find me?” the woman asked.
My thoughts on The Darkness
The ending hasn’t changed!
Holy ending! That softened my cough! I really enjoyed this one, as it pulsated with Icelandic feels. The harsh and beautiful landscape was vividly portrayed and was like another character in the book. It felt wild and unpredictable and makes my heart yearn to go back to Iceland for another visit.
Hulda, the main character, captured my imagination with her solitary and lonely life. She is due to retire, but fears who she will be without her police career. Bristly, intelligent, diligent but definitely fallible, she intrigued me. And I loved the theme of the her last few working days ticking by while she tried to solve a cold case. Plus we need more older characters, especially female ones, as it gives a totally different perspective to what you are reading.
However for a lot of the book, I kept thinking I love this, but it’s not very dark is it? Considering the title. Then it suddenly and shockingly plunged me in to the blackest of black holes.Just finished The Darkness by @ragnarjo #bookreview "Yelps. Ragnar isn’t for the faint hearted, is he?!" Click To Tweet
Yelps. Ragnar isn’t for the faint hearted, is he?! What an introduction to this author’s work. I can’t wait to read more, and actually I’m not waiting as I started SnowBlind this morning.
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Who should read The Darkness?
I’d recommend this book to you if you like moody, atmospheric settings and Agatha Christie plot vibes but darker and more disturbing . Fans of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo should also enjoy.